>I'm kinda new to this sport since I haven't really taken it very
>seriously until about 2 years ago.
>I've read a little bit about how to set, but I still haven't discovered
>EXACTLY how one is supposed to set LEGALLY and PRECISELY.
>So far I've heard from various people that you're suppose to shape your
>fingers to the ball, make a "window" around your eyes, and "flip" the
IMHO, you flip the ball using your wrists NOT your fingers!
>ball off your fingers just before you think that you might "catch" the
>ball. From this information, I have been able to set for the most part
>fairly quietly and accurately, but a few people don't like the way I set
>because it almost seems like I'm holding or carrying the ball.
>So I have a few questions:
>Should there be a sound when I make a set?
Rex, I have been a "back-up" setter for many teams I have
played for in Hawaii, and since moving to Austin, TX..I
have become a "starting" setter. But I have been doing it
for approximately 7 years now. The books and coachs can
only teach a person so much. I picked up setting basically
on my own. Sure I had the technique taught to me like
where your hands should be, and the shape "diamond" or "window" in
front of your eyes, etc. But until I really started practicing
and playing as a setter, I really did not know what setting was
all about. The main thing about setting is the rotation.
You must be able to take a ball that may be coming with a
lot of rotation and be able to make it float with little or
no rotation after it hits your hands.
Although considered to have "very" soft hands by my fellow
'A' league teammates, here in Austin, I was considered only a
"backup" to three other setters on 'A' teams I played with in
Hawaii. The time it takes any individual to become a "touch"
setter is really dependant on the individuals ability. There
are some people on teams I have played on who have played
10+ years and can not set. Granted many of them did not choose
to set and probably never practiced it as much, but it comes
off their hands really "ugly." To answer this question, when
you become "good," the sets will almost "flow" off your hands
and the sound will be minimal.
>And how do you get your fingers so that the ball always goes "straight"
>off them (i.e. doesn't spin and also goes straight forward or
You will not be able to ALWAYS get the ball to go straight off
your fingers. A drill I used to like to do to strengthen my
fingers was to stand about a foot from the wall, bounce the ball
at about eye/forehead height using your setters hand(window)
position. Just concentrate on the movement of your wrists back
and forth as the ball leaves your hand. This will allow you
to adjust your fingers quickly to the eratic movements of the
ball. Its a matter of adjustment, done in a "split-second".
>Finally, sometimes I find my hands making a "window" around my nose
>instead of my eyes... Is this legal?
Part of the ball MUST be above your head when a set is taken!
Most of the times you will be call for a "lift" if taken
Daynerd Kaena Freitas